Monday, May 30, 2011

It's What's For Dinner

Beer Beef and Potato Chili with Skillet Cornbread.

Too Expensive

Damn! Sewing and knitting are expensive! I thought I'd go to Half Price Books and sell all my Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, etc. books I read in college in order to have money to buy fabric and knitting supplies. Well, I got $15 for the books and the supplies cost me $75. Considering we have a weekly food/gas/other budget of $120, that is way too much! Looks like I'm going to have to knit and sew super slow. Maybe I can enter a bunch of the blog giveaways and win some fabric or yarn. Ugggh! Oh well.

Pride and Joy with Dad on Spoons

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In case you were wondering...

It's a necklace!


Well here is my first attempt at knitting. My friend Natalie came over today to show me how, but unfortunately she doesn't really know how herself (just kidding Nat! I love you!). The project started getting way too big for my needles so I had to quit. Instead of looking up how to bind it off, I just cut the thread thinking that was probably right. It wasn't. Going to try again now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Omnivore's Dilemma

After The Dirty Life (great read) I wanted to read some fiction. However, I can't locate or think of much that I think I'd like. Any suggestions would be appreciated. So, The Omnivore's Dilemma has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and despite the hype, I haven't read it yet. I did check out The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids from the library, lol. Now for the real thing.

Afternoon Snack

And I wonder why I can't get to my pre-Eaden birth weight (let alone pre-Taven).

Bawk like a chicken - Gramen Farm

Eaden found some puppies
communicating with the chickens

Eaden and Naia

pure happiness

Booger Bread

Booger bread is any bread that my kids help me make. Today's booger bread comes from The River Cottage Family Cookbook. I tried to get Taven in on the action as he has some serious boogers, but he didn't want to help!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Acting a Fool

I am having a really bad parenting day. My kids are acting like crazy fools. I have listened to other people about parenting, read books, and tried most everything. I don't know. Blogs make everyone look like perfect angels so I don't learn much on that front. I need some consistency, but I have a hard time with that too. My problem is that the girls do not listen. They whine and push, yell, etc. People say kids whine when they get everything they want. Well they don't get a lot. So what? You tell them one thing and they do something else. Right now they're building a castle out of couch cushions. That doesn't bother me. It's when they hit and yell. I calmly tell them not to yell, hit, whatever. Doesn't work. I've yelled at them to stop. Doesn't work. So maybe it is consistency. I want them to be a little bit wild, a little bit free, but not animals! I don't want prim and proper. Maybe that's my problem. Any advice? I need alcohol.


They're coming!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

...and more artwork...

I know I've posted a lot of artwork lately, but I just love the roots on Eaden's tree. Of course, Naia's circles are beautiful too.

Taven's Pants!!!!

These pants are the first thing I made with my new sewing machine! I love them. My mom came over to help with threading the machine and whatnot, but I sewed these completely by myself! They are reversible and from Handmade Beginnings. 

I figured it out

Okay, so I figured out how to afford beautiful, high quality toys for my kids. Last week, Eaden wanted a puppy and roller skates, bad. She kept bugging us. Then we remembered that we had this wooden train toy in my husband's closet that Santa had forgot to leave under the tree. So we brought that out as a surprise and she totally forgot about the puppy and skates. Yesterday, I was browsing some blog and linked to this etsy shop Armadillo Dreams. I fell in love with this milking cow. So I bought three toys, for a total of $38 (shipping included). I thought this was a great price. Toys from the store would probably cost more. When the toys come I might give the kids one and hide the others in the closet for a rainy day. They need to last until Naia's birthday in late October.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

For a sewing machine?

Poor me. I have to watch this little angel in exchange for a sewing machine.


Top left-Naia's art, Top right-Laila's art, Bottom-Eaden's art
My husband's friend, Hameed, and his daughter, Laila, are over. The kids created some works of art and here the are!

Grandma's House




My favorite picture

I don't know why I love this picture, but I do. It was my profile picture until my mom said it looks like I stole someone's black child and ran away with it (this is my son and my husband is from Nigeria). Anyway, I love this picture. I look so happy and peaceful and my son just looks like he wants to run.

New Beans

Stop laughing! I know it's only two beans, but hey, we know they grow and we can grow more next time. This is a type of bush bean we grew from seed and planted last month some time.

Friday, May 20, 2011


So it's about 10:30 at night and this little one is cutting away at her sister's (who is sleeping) artwork. In case you're wondering, I'm not too big on bedtimes. Two is the age to party! Besides, she took a nap from about 5 to 8. Late night...

Quilt I'll make one day


So today I've been a little annoyed with places around town that call themselves farmer's markets or advertise that they sell local and then sell produce from California, South America, etc....and the stuff is not labeled. Most people are not farmers and probably don't know when something is in season. If a place says what's in season is probably local, this is misleading. I badly want to know where my food comes from and one wouldn't think it would be this hard. All I can do is keep growing more of my own. However, we can't really plant much more here until late July or so. Therefore, I'm going to relax, drink a beer, and switch to sewing mode. I am watching a good friend of mine's son tomorrow night, and in exchange, she is giving me a sewing machine! The first thing I'm going to make are the pants to the left. They are from a book called Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner that I saw on Soulemama's blog. I bought it because I loved the quilt (shown above). I hardly have any fabric so I'll start with pants. Okay, I'm in a better mood already.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our first okra harvest

It really was three okra. Don't be jealous!

Gramen Farm

This is Gramen Farm, about a 20 minute drive from my place. It's the closest place I know of to obtain raw milk.  They also have kefir, eggs, grass fed beef, etc. I am going to give my son kefir with his milk to try and improve his eczema. Maybe my youngest daughter will drink it as well. They both have pretty bad skin.

Where our milk comes from

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Backyard Creatures

Girl Cardinal

Red Cardinal - Boy

Butterfly and Fly